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Hawks face old friends in Atlanta

Saturday, 11.06.2010 / 1:44 AM / Game Previews

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Hawks face old friends in Atlanta
There will be plenty of Stanley Cup rings in Atlanta on Saturday, and not all of them will belong to the visiting Blackhawks, the defending NHL champions.

The Hawks will see a lot of old friends, including playoff hero Dustin Byfuglien, when they visit Philips Arena for a 7 p.m. ET start in one of 12 games on Saturday's NHL schedule. Due to salary cap constraints, the Blackhawks had to deal off several key members of their Cup-winning team -- several of whom wound up in Atlanta thanks to deals made between the Hawks and new Atlanta GM Rick Dudley, who came to the Thrashers after working in Chicago.

The Thrashers-Hawks game is one of seven that get under way at 7.

St. Louis, off to a 7-1-2 start, faces a tough test in Boston, where the Bruins will try to rebound after a 5-3 loss Washington on Friday. The New York Islanders will try to end a six-game losing streak when they host Philadelphia. Buffalo visits Toronto, Ottawa visits Montreal, Florida visits Carolina in the back end of a home-and-home series, and Minnesota visits Columbus.

Two games get under way at 9 p.m. ET. Dallas, coming off a 6-3 home win against Phoenix, visits Colorado and Pittsburgh wraps up a swing through the West with a visit to Phoenix after losing 3-2 at Anaheim on Friday.

At 10 p.m. ET, Nashville visits Los Angeles, where the Kings are unbeaten in five games this season after beating Tampa Bay 1-0 on Thursday, and Detroit wraps up a tour of Western Canada by visiting Vancouver after Friday's 3-1 win at Edmonton. A half-hour later, the Lightning conclude their Western trip with a stop in San Jose. The Sharks come home after back-to-back shutout losses at Minnesota and St. Louis.
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